LAKELAND, Fla. -- This early in camp, the Tigers have been very healthy, knock on wood.
But manager Jim Leyland said after Sunday's workout that Joaquin Benoit did not throw as planned.
"He had a stiff neck," Leyland said. "He's fine, but we're not taking any chances with him."
Benoit said he was fine when he arrived Sunday morning.
"When I got out there and started warming up and throwing a little bit, it got tighter and tighter," Benoit said. "It got to a point, I couldn't even turn my neck to the right.
"I've been through it last year and the year before, too, in spring training.I guess it's something normal that I have to go through."
Benoit said he's not too worried, considering they haven't started the games yet. He expects to give it a little time and get treatment until his neck relaxes a bit.
The news is not as encouraging for Joel Zumaya as it is for Benoit.
On Saturday, reports came out of Minnesota Twins camp that the oft-injured former Tiger had to leave his throwing session early because of pain in his right elbow.
On Sunday, the report came out that an MRI revealed Zumaya has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and will have to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
"He's one of those guys that, he threw the ball so stinking hard," said Brandon Inge, Zumaya's former teammate." Over time, you had to think that maybe it was going to go.
"You wish it wouldn't. I feel for him. I really do.
"You have to have perfect mechanics to throw that hard and stay healthy for that long."
Manager Jim Leyland hadn't heard the extent of the injury when reporters gathered in his office Sunday afternoon and didn't want to say much.
But Leyland did say, "It'll break my heart if he's hurt again. It's been one thing after another."